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John Hancock Investments enters exchange traded fund space with launch of six Multifactor ETFs

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John Hancock Investments has moved into the growing exchange traded fund space with the launch a suite of six strategic beta John Hancock Multifactor ETFs.

The firm partnered with Dimensional Fund Advisors – a specialist in strategic beta investing – in bringing the new ETFs to market with Dimensional designing all six underlying indexes in line with the its factor-based approach. Each passively managed John Hancock Multifactor ETF aims to provide investment results that closely correspond, before fees and expenses, to the performance of a Dimensional-designed index.
 
"We're excited to be entering the ETF business at this time, and to bring our manager-of-managers approach to the world of strategic beta ETFs," says Andrew G Arnott, president and CEO of John Hancock Investments. "Investors are facing a proliferation of ETF strategies today, and many investors are looking for more than just low-cost access to markets. For those reasons, it was important to us to develop an ETF product that seeks to address investor needs for performance potential, backed by an investment approach rooted in decades of academic research. That thinking is what led us to select Dimensional Fund Advisors."
 
The suite of John Hancock Multifactor ETFs, which will trade on the NYSE Arca, are:
 
• John Hancock Multifactor Large Cap ETF (JHML)
• John Hancock Multifactor Mid Cap ETF (JHMM)
• John Hancock Multifactor Consumer Discretionary ETF (JHMC)
• John Hancock Multifactor Financials ETF (JHMF)
• John Hancock Multifactor Healthcare ETF (JHMH)
• John Hancock Multifactor Technology ETF (JHMT)
 
John Hancock’s decision to launch the funds comes on the back of a surge in investor demand for strategic beta strategies as investors weigh the pros and cons of active and passive management.
 
"We believe investors can benefit from combining active and passive strategies in their portfolios," says Arnott.

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